Timber in Construction 2020-11-17T13:13:54+00:00
  • The transition to timber in construction is well underway. Image credit: Azure

We need timber, not brick houses

By | November 17th, 2020|Wood for thought|

The timber and construction sectors are key in the transition to a new way of living. Building with timber reduces the carbon footprint and ensures a healthier lifestyle. Living in a timber building is an [...]

  • Obert Chizema, director of Chimu Construction. Image credit: Leon Louw

The lure of timber

By | November 17th, 2020|Design|

Timber houses are becoming more popular in South Africa as people realise the many benefits. Timber in Construction recently spoke to a Pretoria-based contractor and a new timber house-owner in the Eastern Cape to find [...]

  • Timber stores a lot of carbon and thus contributes to the fight against climate change. Image credit: Leon Louw

Timber as a dominant construction material

By | November 17th, 2020|Academia|

By Stellenbosch University Buildings contributes to around one third of global carbon emissions, so the way in which we construct and live in buildings is a really important consideration. […]

  • Despite negative perceptions in South Africa, timber is a great alternative building material. Image credit: Leon Louw

A South African case for mass timber

By | November 17th, 2020|Myths|

By Jamie Smily, owner of XLAM South Africa The construction industry is in the midst of a paradigm shift, which promises to revolutionise the way we design, engineer and build. […]

  • A wooden interior adds to the overall feel-good appeal. Image credit: Scott Ramsay

Treated timber – a sustainable choice

By | November 17th, 2020|Benefits of timber|

By SAWPA Treated wood as a construction material is renewable and provided by nature with predictable performance. It captures carbon from the atmosphere and locks it away for decades. It has a low energy demand [...]

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On a journey to promote timber

By | November 17th, 2020|Timber in Construction|

In 2018 the Department of Trade Industry and Competition (dtic) started on a journey to promote timber in the built environment to promote growth in the sector and create the much needed jobs at the [...]